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Central Manchester office

Providing probate services across England and Wales

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Fully qualified practitioners

Our probate practitioners are authorised by the ICAEW and have a great support team

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Hidden fees

We charge considerably less than banks and solicitors, and have no hidden fees.

Full Probate Service


WE WILL HANDLE THE WHOLE PROBATE PROCESS FOR YOU…

You remain the executor of the Will and appoint us as your representative.

8 WEEKS*

 

From £950
(+VAT +disbursements)

 

OUR FULL PROBATE SERVICE?

As the executor of a Will you can deal with probate yourself or you can appoint someone who is licensed to provide probate services – like Get Probate.

If you want to deal with the probate yourself, there are some helpful websites to guide you including The Gazette and GOV.UK.

For many people, the roles and responsibilities of being an executor are very onerous, especially when they are going through a stressful time. So they prefer to appoint someone else to deal with the Probate on their behalf – either in part or in full. This is where we can help you.

When we handle the Full Probate Service, you remain the executor of the Will and you appoint us as your representative. We will then handle the whole probate process for you, working alongside your Accountant.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Our full probate service is from £950 (+VAT +disbursements). The fee can be paid from the estate during the administration process – which means there are no upfront costs for you. The disbursements typically include the fees for:

  • the Grant of Probate
  • the notice in The Gazette
  • estate agents for selling properties
  • solicitors for conveyancing
  • professional valuers for valuing the relevant assets
  • home clearance services
  • stockbrokers for dealing with any shareholdings.

WHAT WE DO:

We will:

  • Obtain the Grant of Probate, we
    • complete a probate application form PA1
    • complete the Inheritance Tax form
    • send the necessary documentation to the probate registry which includes:
      • the probate application form PA1
      • the Inheritance Tax form
      • an official copy of the death certificate
      • the original Will plus 3 copies
      • the application fee
      • your sworn oath saying that the information provided is true and accurate to the best of your knowledge. (This oath will need to be sworn by a solicitor and sent to us. A solicitor local to you will be able to do this for you, and will charge you a nominal fee.)

Having obtained the Grant of Probate, we will then deal with:

  • collecting all the assets of the estate e.g. money in bank accounts, shares and from selling the deceased’s property. As necessary, we will liaise with:
    • estate agents for selling properties
    • solicitors for conveyancing
    • professional valuers for valuing the relevant assets
    • home clearance services
    • stockbrokers for dealing with any shareholdings

(The costs for these services will be charged as a disbursement)

  • paying any debts that need to be paid e.g. unpaid utilities and tax bills
  • putting a notice in The Gazette to allow any possible creditors the chance to come forward and tell us what they are owed. (The costs for these will be charged as a disbursement.)
  • distributing the estate to the beneficiaries of the Will
  • preparing final account of the estate and getting them agreed and signed by the main beneficiaries (and you).

Throughout the process we will be working alongside your Accountant (and they will agree their separate fee with you).

HOW LONG WILL PROBATE TAKE?

After the oath has been sworn, it normally takes 10 working days to receive the Grant of Probate.

How long the rest of probate takes, depends on the particular situation.

If the estate is straight forward (i.e. there are no complication, all the forms were completed correctly and no Inheritance Tax is payable) it could take about 5 weeks.

For complex cases, it will take longer.

For your free initial advice about probate, contact us on 0161 907 4044 or [email protected]

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Frequently Asked Questions


1 Q. What is Probate?

When someone dies their estate (i.e. their money, property and possessions) needs to be dealt with by the executor named in their Will. The executor needs to obtain the necessary Legal permission to do this – which is known as a ‘Grant of Representation’ or ‘Probate’.

2 Q. Is probate always necessary?

You are unlikely to need probate if the value of the estate is below £5,000 and does not include a property or shares. Otherwise, yes you will need to obtain a Grant of Probate.

3 Q. How long does probate usually take?

If the estate is straight forward (i.e. there are no complication, all the forms were completed correctly and no Inheritance Tax is payable) it could take about 5 weeks. For complex cases, it will take longer.

4 Q. DO I NEED A SOLICITOR?

No. You can do it yourself or you can use an Accountant (as long as they have been authorised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales to carry out the reserved legal activity of non-contentious probate) – like Get Probate. (If a Will is contentious it will need to be handled by a solicitor and we can recommend a good one for you.)

5 Q. What is the difference between Will and probate?

A Will is a legal document that sets out a person’s wishes regarding how their estate (i.e. their money, property and possessions) should be dealt with after their death. The Will should name executors who will manage the estate until it has all been distributed.

Probate (also known as ‘Grant of Representation’) is the legal permission that is required for the executor to be able to do this.

6 Q. CAN I do PROBATE MYSELF?

Yes, you can get the Grant of Probate yourself. Or you can appoint someone who is licensed to provide probate services.

7 Q. How do I begin the probate process?

The first step is to obtain the Grant of Probate.

Do you have a question?

CALL 0161 907 4044 FOR YOUR FREE ADVICE